When researching the number of stray animals in the United States alone, the results are staggering and disheartening. Per the ASPCA Pet Statistics, approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters across the nation annually; 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Of these animals, 2.7 million will be euthanized. According to the World Animal Awareness Society 90% of dogs born in the U.S.A will never find a permanent home.
But even more tragic is the stray dog population on a global scale. According to World Health Organization (WHO) the estimated total worldwide is somewhere between 20,000,000 and 600,000,000. In cities, such as Beirut, Lebanon there are no laws to protect animals so abuse, torture, and neglect run rampant.
One dog, appropriately named Lucky, was indeed fortunate enough to get out of Beirut alive, thanks to the efforts of a good Samaritan and a rescue group in Alberta, Canada. Lucky’s journey started when she was found on the side of the road in Beirut with both of her hind legs paralyzed. It is unknown if she was born this way or if it was the result of abuse or being hit by a car. Whatever the circumstances, Lucky was left on the side of the road like garbage. While many people passed her by, going about their day to day activities, only one person stopped.
The woman who rescued Lucky works very hard to help homeless animals in Beirut. She knew that Lucky’s only chance was to get out of Lebanon. Since April 2016, Lucky has been in boarding and foster care in Beirut. One of the fosters put a post about Lucky needing a foster or adopter outside of Lebanon. Just One More Animal Rescue and Recovery, a foster based rescue group operating out of Swan Hills, Alberta, Canada saw the post about Lucky and knew immediately they wanted to help.
Lauri Restad, the president of the rescue and her vice president Tammy Stals, knew their first step was to set up a fundraiser to get Lucky to Canada from Beirut. They put out a request for donations starting in October 2016 to cover the transporting fee and necessary paperwork and Lucky arrived in Alberta, Canada on December 12th, 2016. Lucky’s first stop before going to her foster was at the home of Tammy Stals. Because it was -20 degrees when Lucky arrived, Tammy bought a little coat for her to wear and a warm blanket. It will take some time for Lucky to get used to the Canadian climate.
Now that Lucky is in Canada, she can get the medical help she needs to be able to walk again. Lucky does have a cart with her to help her mobility. She is only able to stand and walk on her own for a few seconds. She will most likely require surgery and therapy to possibly restore the function of her paralyzed hind legs. She is currently incontinent, and it is not definite that she will be able to use her back legs again. But Lauri and Tammy feel confident that she will recover and be able to walk again. Despite not having the use of her back legs, Lucky is a sweet, happy dog and will be ready for adoption once all her medical needs are taken care of.
Funding is still needed for Lucky’s medical. All funds collected since October have gone toward the fees to get her out of Beirut to Canada.
(Photo of pup with paralyzed hind legs Lucky’s Journey)
If you would like to be part of Lucky’s miracle and recovery, donations can be sent to the rescue’s Paypal account at: https://www.paypal.me/JustOneMoreSaved.
For updates on Lucky and to see her journey from Beirut to Canada, visit her Facebook page at;